Thai Brass Shiva as Vatuka Bhairava 25"
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Thai Brass Shiva as Vatuka Bhairava 25"

Item #: 82t94

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$790 Item #: 82t94
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Statue Details

Materials: Thai Brass Cast in Bangkok, Thailand
Total Height Including Base: 25 inches or 64 cms
Widest Point: 13 incehs at the arms
Base Diameter: 6.5 inches
Weight: 17 pounds or 8 kgs
  • Bhairava is Shiva in his most menacing form
  • The Thai style Bhairava differes from his Indian representation in that he has very womanly hips as well as a lack of fangs on both sides of his mouth
  • He is accompanied by a dog, a fit companion for Shiva in his beggar form
Description This unique Thai style sculpture of Bhairava shows Shiva in his most fierce form with hair blazing and fangs exposed.  It is done in the Thai style so it is very different from an Indian form of Bhairava.  The most obvious differences are the woman like hips and the lack of fangs on either side of his mouth.  Bhairava holds a skull cup and trident in his front 2 hands.  He holds a conch shell and drum in his back 2 hands.  He is completely naked having only a long string of bells going down his left leg.  He is accompanied by a dog, a fit companion for Shiva in his beggar form.

The Story Behind Shiva as Bhairava:  Bhairava represents the destructive manifestation of Shiva. This form is the most violent representation of Shiva, since it is linked to the myth of the decapitation of Brahma, the Creator.  In the puranas, Brahma, wanting to be recognized as the supreme deity, asked Vishnu to worship him, since he was the creator of the universe.  Brahma's pretense angered Shiva, who considered himself as the creator and most supreme of all gods.  Shiva's anger was manifest in the form of Bhairava.  The enraged Bhairava beheaded one of Brahma's heads.  To expiate his crime of killing a brahmin, Bhairava was condemned to wander as a hermit and survive by begging until he was cleared of his sin in the holy city of Varanasi.
About Shiva Shiva the Destroyer (Sanskrit: Auspicious One), or Siva, is one of the main Deities of Hinduism, worshipped as the paramount lord by the Saivite sects of India. Shiva is one of the most complex gods of India, embodying seemingly contradictory qualities. He is the destroyer and the restorer, the great ascetic and the symbol of sensuality, the benevolent herdsman of souls and the wrathful avenger.
Shiva was originally known as Rudra, a minor deity addressed only three times in the Rig Veda.  He gained importance after absorbing some of the characteristics of an earlier fertility god and became Shiva, part of the trinity, or trimurti, with Vishnu and Brahma.
Shiva wears a snake coiled around his upper arms and neck symbolizing the power he has over the most deadly of creatures. Snakes are also used to symbolize the Hindu dogma of reincarnation. Their natural process of molting or shedding their skin is symbolic of the human soul's transmigration of bodies from one life to another.
Shiva's female consort and wife is Parvati; because of his generosity and reverence towards Parvati, Shiva is considered an ideal role model for a husband. The divine couple together with their sons - the six-headed Skanda and the elephant headed Ganesh - reside on Mount Kailasa in the Himalayas. 
His guardian is Nandi (the white bull), whose statue can often be seen watching over the main shrine.  The bull is said to embody sexual energy, fertility.  Riding on its back, Shiva is in control of these impulses.
He often holds a trident, which represents the Hindu trinity of Brahma, Shiva and Vishnu.  It is also said to represent the threefold qualities of nature: creation, preservation and destruction, although preservation is usually attributed to Vishnu.
As the destroyer, Shiva is dark and terrible, encircled with serpents and a crown of skulls.
Shiva often wears sacred Rudaksha beads, perhaps a reference to his earlier name Rudra.
The crescent moon Shiva wears on his crown, besides being a symbol of Kama the goddess of nightly love, also represents the bull, Nandi, a fertility symbol.
Shiva holds a skull that represents samsara, the cycle of life, death and rebirth.  Samsara is a central belief in Hinduism.  Shiva himself also represents this complete cycle because he is Mahakala, the Lord of Time, destroying and creating all things.
Shiva is represented in a variety of forms.  One such form is as a lingam.  The ovoid shape is a representation of the absolute perfection of Lord Shiva - if that which is beyond form had to be given form, the lingam would be the closest form to the mystical experience of the absolute perfection of Shiva.   Shiva is often pictured in a pacific mood with his consort Parvati, as the cosmic dancer Nataraja, as a naked ascetic, as a mendicant beggar, as a yogi, and as the androgynous union of Shiva and Parvati in one body (Ardhanarisvara).
Another example of Shiva's apparent synthesis of male and female attributes is seen in his earrings.  He wears one earring in the style of a man and the other as a female.
Shiva's third eye is a symbol of higher consciousness.  It is also a weapon he uses to destroy his enemies by emitting a fire missile which has the power to incinerate the three worlds.  He can also kill all the gods and other creatures during the periodic destruction of the universe.  Shiva's third eye first appeared when Parvati, his wife, playfully covered his other two eyes, so Shiva opened his third eye emitting his destructive missile endangering the three worlds.
Care

Brass statues from Thailand do not need much maintenance.  The best way to maintain the statue is to simply dust the piece periodically to keep any dirt from accumulating.  They can be used for both indoor and outdoor use. 

"You can use soap, warm water and a cotton cloth to periodically go over the statue to remove any dust or dirt buildup."

You can use soap, warm water and a cotton cloth to periodically go over the statue to remove any dust or dirt buildup.  If you are really interested in making the statue shine you can use some natural oil, like coconut oil or olive oil, and a cotton rag to wipe down the metal portions of the piece.  You can use a toothbrush as well to get into the small crevices of the statue like the hands and hair. 

Thai brass's durability makes it perfect for cold winters and hot summers of any climate.  The metal can stand up to the harshest conditions of heat and bitter cold.  We suggest you bathe the sculpture every couple of months so that dirt does not collect on the sculpture and then use a cotton cloth with some natural oil to give the statue a shine. 

If you have any questions concerning your brass statue please email us at [email protected] or call us at 1(760) 994-4455.

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